June 2007

One big clue to the pope’s thinking came in his 1997 book, titled “Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977” and written when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, in which he sharply criticized the drastic manner in which Pope Paul VI reformed the Mass in 1969.

But the picture is not so clear-cut. As Cardinal Ratzinger, he said he considered the new missal a “real improvement” in many respects, and that the introduction of local languages made sense.
In one revealing speech to Catholic traditionalists in 1998, he said bluntly that the old “low Mass,” with its whispered prayers at the altar and its silent congregation, “was not what liturgy should be, which is why it was not painful for many people” when it disappeared.
The most important thing, he said at that time, was to make sure that the liturgy does not divide the Catholic community.
With that in mind, knowledgeable Vatican sources say the pope’s new document will no doubt aim to lessen pastoral tension between the Tridentine rite and the new Mass, rather than hand out a victory to traditionalists.
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Tridentine Mass: Pope looks for bridge to tradition

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Newsflash! The Leaning Tower of Pisa has been straightened! It’s true! And not by the Evil Superman from Superman III! Of course, they didn’t straighten it all the way, but they returned it to the angle it was leaning at in 1838. Why? EXCERPT: [British rescue committee engineering] Prof Burland said it could have collapsed […]

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Motu Proprio 777?

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in Benedict XVI

Word on the street is that B16 will release the moto proprio on the Tridentine rite of Mass on 7/7/07–so just nine days from now. GET THE STORY. I’d very much like to have the motu proprio released then–or sooner–but even though I’m not from Missouri, I’ll believe it when I see it.

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POPE BENEDICT XVI HAS JUST RELEASED HIS NEW MOTU PROPRIO!!! WOO-HOO!!! AND HE’S TURNED BACK THE CLOCK!!! In it, he orders the Church to revert to a traditional practice that had been changed in the years following Vatican II! And it’s not just an "if the bishop doesn’t object" reversal! It’s a complete and total […]

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In The Mail

by Jimmy Akin

in Books

John Allen’s book on Opus Dei actually came out a while ago, but the publisher just sent me a review copy. I was pleased to get it because I like John Allen’s journalistic work, and I’d trust him more than most writers to handle the subject in an informed manner that is fair–neither uncritical nor […]

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Canonist Ed Peters points out two extraordinarily important facts regarding the Kennedy-Rausch annulment case that I hadn’t been aware of. If press accounts are accurate then . . . 1) The Rota was serving as a court of second instance. This is an extraordinarily important fact. Here’s why: When an annulment case is handled by […]

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John has been warned repeatedly about hobby-horseism but recently posted a comment on the Spanish television set entry that was guaranteed to spin it off into a discussion about Latin and bishops and traditionalism. He is now given his last chance to avoid disinvitation to participate in the blog. If he doesn’t keep discussions of […]

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TIMEwits!

by Jimmy Akin

in Canon Law

Okay, the folks at Time Magazine have once again demonstrated their incompetence. GET THE STORY. CHT to the reader who e-mailed asking confirmation of the fact that the Church does not "de-sanctify" marriages. It doesn’t. Time doesn’t know what it’s talking about. What it does do is sometimes declare them null from the beginning. Hence: […]

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Some Justice

by Jimmy Akin

in Current Affairs

There’s an episode of I, Claudius titled "Some Justice," in which a trial is held in the Senate to bring to justice those responsible for the death of Claudius’s brother, Germanicus. The machinations of Roman politics being what they are . . . er, were . . . in the end only "some justice" is […]

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